Plastic integration of the buildings of the central campus at CU: its murals

Live talk with Gustavo Lipkau and Xavier Hierro about the plastic integration of the buildings of the central campus at CU: its murals.

At < Arte Abierto > we continue with our program Derives of Art and Architecture, and as special guests we have architects Gustavo Lipkau and Xavier Hierro.

The Central Campus at UNAM is an architectural complex in which engineers and artists jointly participated with the intention of merging disciplines such as architecture, painting and sculpture, under what became known as Plastic Integration.

In this talk, Gustavo Lipkau and Xavier Hierro will address the processes and searches of this movement and how it is reflected in eight fundamental buildings and murals on the university campus. It will be a conversation that, beyond theory, the architects will share events and anecdotes around the construction of this key space for Mexico City.

Live talk about the Plastic integration of the buildings of the central campus in CU
With Gustavo Lipkau and Xavier Hierro
Saturday, March 23, 2022
13:00 h
At Espacio Arte Abierto, located on the second floor in Artz Pedregal
Free admission


Gustavo Lipkau Henríquez (Caracas, 1972) is an architect and urban planner.
He studied Architecture at UNAM and has been a visiting professor at universities both in Mexico and abroad. In 2000 he co-founded Futura Desarrollo Urbano (FDU), and between 2010 and 2012 he founded and coordinated the “Microurbanismo de Casa Vecina” workshops, of the Fundación del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México A.C. and “Observatory of the City” in the Faculty of Architecture of the UNAM. Since 2015 he is part of Luxmart Futura S.A de C.V, a company dedicated to activities in industry, commerce, energy, and sustainability.

Xavier Hierro Ozores (Mexico City, 1973) is a graduate of the UNAM Faculty of Architecture.
He has 14 years of uninterrupted attendance as a student and apprentice teacher. He has dedicated himself to the professional practice of design for more than 25 years, acting as coordinator of multidisciplinary work teams focused on the production of infrastructures for education, health, security and public space. In parallel, he has added experiences in the design and manufacture of furniture, production of audiovisual works and installations and, more recently, in large-scale painting.

< Arte Abierto > continues with its new public program “Derivas de arte yarquitectura”, which seeks to renew our gaze on the architectural legacy of Mexico City. From a series of talks focused on rescuing the parallel stories of emblematic architectural projects and public spaces that have witnessed the variable intersection between art and architecture. In this first stage, the program deals mainly with modern architecture, based on a series of talks given by invited curators, architects, artists and urban planners.

With this program, ways of returning to architecture part of its public, experiential, collective character and close to those of us who inhabit the city are tested, recognizing in it its condition as a living archive. From these talks, circumstances, contexts and anecdotes are revealed that have been part of his sensitive memory and that complement his material memory, a relationship that often escapes documentary narratives and academic accounts.

The objective of the drifts is to generate experiences of spatial rediscovery, which allow us to renew our gaze on the legacy of certain emblematic architectural and artistic works, as well as those that have been forgotten.

The drifts will be carried out free of charge on the last Saturday of each month, at 1:00 p.m. with a limited capacity.

Arte Abierto Drifts :

February 26: Tania Ragasol / Urban environment, daily life and art: La Torre de los Vientos by Gonzalo Fonseca

March 26: David Miranda / Of the Wounded Animal and other sculptural events within modern architecture

Scheduled Public Program
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